Prosecution Rests in KFC Murder Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BRYAN, Texas -- Prosecutors rested Thursday in the Bryan trial of a man accused of abducting and killing five people in 1983.

The victims had been at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Kilgore.

Darnell Hartsfield of Tyler faces life in prison if convicted of five counts of capital murder. Prosecutors chose to not seek the death penalty.

The judge says Hartsfield's defense will begin Monday.

Prosecutors have built a circumstantial case against Hartsfield to try to tie him to the restaurant.

Testimony indicates DNA tests on blood from a box found at the restaurant identified Hartsfield as being at the site.

Defense lawyers have questioned the reliability of evidence taken from the crime scene and how it's been kept secure.

Hartsfield's cousin, Romeo Pinkerton, accepted a plea bargain last year in the killings and agreed to five life prison terms.

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